give-up

[ giv-uhp ]
/ ˈgɪvˌʌp /

noun

something conceded or relinquished; concession: Labor has balked at any more give-ups in the contract talks.
Stock Exchange.
  1. a commission shared among two or more stockbrokers.
  2. a part of a commission that constitutes a single such share.

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Origin of give-up

First recorded in 1965–70; noun use of verb phrase give up

Definition for give up (2 of 2)

Origin of give

before 900; Middle English < Old Norse gefa (compare Danish give); replacing Middle English yeven, yiven, Old English gefan, giefan; cognate with Dutch geven, German geben, Gothic giban

synonym study for give

1. Give, confer, grant, present may mean that something concrete or abstract is bestowed on one person by another. Give is the general word: to give someone a book, permission, etc. Confer usually means to give an honor or a favor; it implies courteous and gracious giving: to confer a degree. Grant is limited to the idea of acceding to a request; it may apply to the bestowal of privileges, or the fulfillment of an expressed wish: to grant a charter, a prayer, permission, etc. Present, a more formal word than give, usually implies a certain ceremony in the giving: to present a citation to a regiment.

OTHER WORDS FROM give

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British Dictionary definitions for give up (1 of 2)

give up

verb (adverb)

British Dictionary definitions for give up (2 of 2)

give
/ (ɡɪv) /

verb gives, giving, gave (ɡeɪv) or given (ˈɡɪvən) (mainly tr)

noun

a tendency to yield under pressure; resiliencethere's bound to be some give in a long plank; there is no give in his moral views

Derived forms of give

givable or giveable, adjectivegiver, noun

Word Origin for give

Old English giefan; related to Old Norse gefa, Gothic giban, Old High German geban, Swedish giva
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Idioms and Phrases with give up (1 of 2)

give up

1

Surrender, as in The suspect gave himself up. [1100s]

2

Stop doing or performing something, as in They gave up the search, or She gave up smoking almost thirty years ago. [c. 1600]

3

Part with, relinquish, as in They gave up their New York apartment, or We gave up all hope of finding the lost tickets. [Mid-1500s]

4

Lose hope for, as in We had given you up as lost. [Late 1500s]

5

Admit defeat, as in I give up—what's the right answer? [c. 1600]

6

give up on. Abandon, lose one's faith in, as in I gave up on writing a novel, or She gave up on religion years ago. [Colloquial; second half of 1900s] Also see give oneself up to.

Idioms and Phrases with give up (2 of 2)

give

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